Who is Qualified

UCSB offers parking reciprocity to UC faculty and staff who visit the campus on University business. Reciprocity at UCSB is honored for one to five days per fiscal year. Your current parking status, whether faculty or staff, will qualify you for a UCSB permit of equivalent status. (A UCSB “A” permit corresponds to faculty status, while a “B” permit corresponds to staff status.)

You are required to purchase a permit if you, as the employee of another UC campus, park a vehicle at UCSB more than five days per fiscal year.

Where to Park

A faculty or staff reciprocity permit is valid:

  • In the lots and structures designated for faculty/staff. Be aware that some spaces within the lots are designated “Faculty Only”.
  • In student lots.
  • In time-restricted parking spaces for the time designated.

Permits are valid for parking in time-restricted parking spaces for the time designated. e.g., 20, 30 or 40 minute green curb spaces. Other restrictions may apply to specific spaces or areas within a lot or parking structure.

The permit is not valid for example, in Coastal Access, Reserved, Service, Restricted, Vendor spaces.  Additionally, the permit is not valid in university-owned residential housing parking lots and structures ("H" Permit lots).


The permit is not valid where restrictions apply — for example, reserved or metered spaces, or lots/spaces marked for vendors or “H” permit holders. The permit is not valid in Coastal Access spaces on weekdays, Monday–Friday 7:30am–5:00pm. The permit is not valid in the off-campus residential parking facilities.

How to Apply

Applications for UCSB parking reciprocity are accepted exclusively at the Parking Services office. Upon applying, you will be asked to present an ID and evidence of your current UC parking status.


  • In order for an ePermit to be valid, the vehicle's license plate must be affixed to the exterior of the vehicle, unobstructed, and fully visible from the drive aisle of the parking lot or structure.
  • Parking ePermits are granted for the purpose of transportation to and from campus. Garaging (storing) your vehicle on campus is prohibited unless you are an "H" ePermit holder with an active lease agreement in the assigned parking lot.
  • Parking ePermits are issued solely by Parking Services and are assigned after verification of eligibility. 
  • ePermits are not transferable between friends or family members.
  • ePermits are issued when the applicant has paid the required fee, resolved all delinquent parking citations and provided proof of eligibility.
  • Failure to provide and maintain accurate information on the parking ePermit application may result in citation, fine, the loss of parking privileges and referral to the Campus Police or the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.
  • You will not receive a physical permit, because your license plate acts as your ePermit number. You may be subject to citation if you neglect to associate your license plate on your Parking account at http://tps.ucsb.edu/parking-permits/ePermits.